The Rebecca Riots | Flying With Dragons
Never mess with a Welsh farmer with a flaming torch and a pretty floral bonnet.
history  activism  britishness  capitalism  socialism 
11 days ago
Smart dress shows how often women are groped at clubs | Quartzy
In which technology, marketing, and surveillance combine to do something right for once
tech  feminism  sexism 
11 days ago
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ | Science
Unless you were alive during the Younger Dryas impact, or the Toba Catastrophe, or the Late Bronze Age Collapse.
history  archaeology  science  doom 
16 days ago
Video Games In East Germany: The Stasi Played Along | ZEIT online
Happy teenage memories of respite from the daily drudgery of life under an autocratic regime. pew pew
gaming  history  coldwardinosaur  computing  tech  nerd  socialism 
17 days ago
Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive? | The Pudding
Pithier. They're getting pithier. This article, while awesome, seems to suffer from the common delusion that repetition in music is somehow undesirable. It's called 'melody' and it's kinda fundamental. Go count the number of times Beethoven said "da da da dum" and then get back to me about repetition in music.
music  dataisbeautiful  nerd 
17 days ago
Fake Britain: A Map Of Fictional Locations | Londonist
Includes Leadworth, Scarfolk, Qwghlm, Beanotown, and, of course, Llareggub, but is unaccountably lacking in Little Bazeley and Little-Storping-in-the-Swuff, and I was hoping that it might finally tell me where the Village is.
maps  britishness  silly  literature  incrediblyobscurereference  tv  natureoftruth 
17 days ago
How Do You Test Out A New Look? Dating Apps! | Application Science
Dude uses A/B testing and Tinder to determine the attractiveness of his beard. With graphs. TLDR: beards are awesome.
dataisbeautiful  nerd  tech  relationships 
17 days ago
The Ecological Crisis is a Political Crisis | MAHB
"To create a sustainable future, we must first learn the lessons of the past, and what archaeological research shows is that throughout history, civilizations that have been captive to the interests of an oligarchic elite have all collapsed. Today’s industrial, capitalist civilization is trapped in this same deadly cycle."
activism  ecology  economics  politics  doom  archaeology 
25 days ago
The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us | George Monbiot | Guardian
Death spiral. Bold choice of words. Think about death spirals for a minute. "Decades of institutional failure ensures that only unrealistic proposals – the repurposing of economic life, with immediate effect – now have a realistic chance of stopping the planetary death spiral." There's that phrase again. Death spiral.
ecology  activism  politics  economics  economy 
25 days ago
The Experiment That Forever Changed How We Think About Reality | Wired
Bell's Theorem, neatly explained. Reality is blurry, and it's probably because of all the quantum.
natureoftruth  science  physics  incrediblyobscurereference  writing 
25 days ago
Analysis: From Glasgow to Berlin - how strikes, mutinies and revolutions ended WW1 | Common Space
An underrated, fascinating perspective. States use cenotaphs as shields against criticism; while I was vaguely aware of that before, I always thought it was metaphorical rather than literally as a physical barrier.
history  socialism  politics  activism  pacifism 
25 days ago
Hemingway, Hounded by the Feds | The New York Times
A poignant piece. It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.
writing  books  mentalhealth  coldwardinosaur  history 
5 weeks ago
Jesus would like to connect with you on LinkedIn! Inside the Church of England's digital conversion | WIRED
In which a monolithic institution is traditionally conservative in its adoption of novel paradigms. "Christians habitually fret that every new invention could be “of the devil”, but once that stage is passed they switch to purely trying to use it to “get more bums on seats”."
religion  tech  zeitgeisty  #getoffmylawn  internet 
5 weeks ago
Seagulls were trained to defecate on German U-boat periscopes | Vintage News
Pretty sure the seagulls would do it voluntarily given half a chance
history  sailing 
5 weeks ago
‘Oumuamua, Thin Films and Lightsails | Centauri Dreams
"`Oumuamua could be defunct sails floating under the influence of gravity and stellar radiation. Similar to debris from ship wrecks floating in the ocean. The alternative is to imagine that `Oumuamua was on a reconnaissance mission."
spaaace  coolstuff  science  astronomy  news  nerd 
5 weeks ago
Extinction Rebellion – international and unstoppable
"#ExtinctionRebellion is an international movement to use mass civil disobedience to force governments to enter a war-time mobilisation mode, in response to climate breakdown."
ecology  activism  doom 
5 weeks ago
Rebel – eXtinction Rebellion | Rising Up
"This requires a global effort but we believe it must begin in the UK, today, where the industrial revolution began."
activism  ecology  video  doom 
5 weeks ago
On the matter of change and how to react when you lose, despite your best efforts | silveradept
This is a really nice summary of the Exit-Voice-Loyalty model. I've been in places where I've tried all four techniques. Eventually, exit worked.
work  management  model  blog 
7 weeks ago
A Leninist Hero of our Times - In Memory of Valery Sablin: The true story of Red October | Marxist
It's not mutiny, of course. Misconduct by officers would technically be barratry. But I'm not sure how much of a distinction they'd make in the Soviet navy.
history  sailing  coldwardinosaur  socialism 
7 weeks ago
The Ruin – An Anglo-Saxon Poem of the Past | Eagles and Dragons
Twelve hundred years ago, an unknown scribe lamented the long-departed wonders of five hundred years before that. The translation on Wikipedia preserves the kenning better, but this version had commentary.
history  archaeology  wheresmyjetpack  poetry  narrative 
9 weeks ago
How to Survive an Authoritarian Government | Extra Newsfeed
This is just generally good advice even if you don't live inna terrifying Orwellian dystopia.
listicle  politics  samizdata  solidarity  activism  dystopia  socialism  sousveillance 
12 weeks ago
How One Tiny Swedish Submarine 'Sunk' a U.S. Aircraft Carrier | The National Interest
"U.S. antisubmarine specialists were 'demoralized' by the experience."
news  ships  usa 
12 weeks ago
The Meteorological Strangeness Of Hurricane Florence | Forbes
"Florence also has the potential to be a life-altering rainfall event."
meteorology  science  news  nerd  doom  ecology  usa 
12 weeks ago
Iridium flares to cease by end of 2018 | BBC Sky at Night Magazine
RIP Iridium. The new constellation won't flare. Time for me to get good at astrophotography very fast, I think.
spaaace  astronomy  tech  science  nerd  photography 
12 weeks ago
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 | NASA
TIL the Carrington Event very nearly happened again, but we missed it by a week.
spaaace  doom  science  astronomy  dystopia 
august 2018
If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer | Isabella Tree | Guardian
Veganism is rarely the answer unless the question is "how can I be more miserable and sanctimonious".
food  opinion  rewilding  ecology 
august 2018
The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews | The New York Times
It's okay, HR people. As long as you're aware that your entire profession is based solely on lies and false assumptions, you just go right on doing what you're doing.
work  employment  psych  psychology  society 
august 2018
EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE | Permanent European Union Citizenship
"Noting the ECJ’s view of Union citizenship as a ‘fundamental status’ of nationals of Member States, and that Brexit will strip millions of EU citizens of this status and their vote in European elections, requests the Commission propose means to avoid risk of collective loss of EU citizenship and rights, and assure all EU citizens that, once attained, such status is permanent and their rights acquired." There's been talk of this before---there being no mechanism to strip a citizen of their rights---but this is, to my knowledge, the first effort to formalize it, and it's worth a shot.
petition  clicktivism  europe  Brexit 
august 2018
Jamie Oliver accused of cultural appropriation for 'jerk' rice | Metro News
On the plus side, this means that there's a product out there that has the word "PUNCHY" right next to a picture of his gurning fat-tongued mockney twat face.
food  jamieoliver  fuckwits 
august 2018
Nightcore - Russian Rock Anthem | YouTube
*Soyuz nerushimiy* "And the singing?" "Let them shing."
silly  music  incrediblyobscurereference  video 
august 2018
LET'S VISIT SCARBOROUGH! courtesy of the Tripe Marketing Board | Wakelet
On second thought, let's not. Scarborough is just as terrifying as I remember.
silly  yorkshire  twitter 
august 2018
Keep calm and stockpile: An Irish parcel for Brexit Britain | Irish Times
"[A]dvances in vacuum packaging means rationing can be a far jollier affair than it was in [our] grandparents’ day". This is what we look like to the rest of the world.
Brexit  britishness  food  dystopia  fuckwits  politics 
august 2018
Armageddon vs. Deep Impact: 20 Years Later | IGN
I'd have to watch it again to be certain, which I have no inclination to do, but I recall DEEP IMPACT being dreadful mawkish bullshit. ARMAGEDDON, though flawed, at least was fun.
movies  film  review  #youareold  splosions  spaaace  sf 
august 2018
Iron age logboat | Flickr
The School of Ancient Crafts in collaboration with Granton:Hub, a lot of choppin, and a log the size of a house
IFTTT  photos  photography 
august 2018
American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths | Truthdig
Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart, the listicle edition. (And yes, it hurt to type that apostrophe.)
clickbait  americans  usa  politics  society  incrediblyobscurereference  freedom  zeitgeisty 
july 2018
Edinburgh art festival review – a plodding, poor relation of the fringe | Guardian
"Ethical hand-wringing is not art". And hectoring, gatekeeping lectures about what is and isn't art aren't journalism, but what would I know. Good to see Summerhall get a positive shoutout though, and there are a couple of things on (fortunately, ones that Jonathan Jones considers 'art') that I'd like to see.
art  review  edinburgh  local  fringe  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  journalism 
july 2018
Brexit provides the perfect ingredients for a national food crisis | Guardian
This is an excellent precis of the situation in which we find ourselves, with only one problem that I can see. The last sentence of the article is four words too long.
doom  Brexit  food  politics  history  bloodytories  fuckwits  dystopia  economy  europe 
july 2018
Spoof poster telling parents to shoot their kids if they had rabies was included in an official government magazine | Mirror Online
It is entirely unsurprising to me that the Cabinet Office thought that Scarfolk Council was one of their own. For more information, reread this article.
politics  fuckwits  silly  art 
july 2018
Egypt’s Huge Sarcophagus Yields Three Possible Warriors | Archaeology Magazine
I'm not entirely sure what we were all expecting to find innan Ominous Black Sarcophagus. Although, given how much it looks like a photon torpedo casing, I thought it would be more likely to find someone's neatly folded robes than an actual corpse.
history  archaeology  news  incrediblyobscurereference 
july 2018
The Prisoner 001 (2018) | View Comic
Yes folks, it's a modern sequel/revival! (Although I think they have the chessboard in the wrong part of the Village, but perhaps they've relandscaped the lawn in the 52 years since we last saw it.) It's being released one episode per month, with #2 already available. Be seeing you.
tv  comic  privacy  sousveillance  surveillance  society  narrative  coolstuff  nerd  books  scifi  incrediblyobscurereference 
july 2018
The Neural Net Tank Urban Legend | Gwern.net
It's like Snopes but for tech folklore! It was Sweeedish tanks in the version I was taught at university. Rule #55 applies here: it doesn't matter if it's true, it's a teachable moment.
tech  ai  narrative  natureoftruth 
july 2018
The Trump Protest in Pictures | Broughton Spurtle
"Irony and understatement were the order of the day." Contains pictures of friends of mine.
drumpf  scotland  edinburgh  politics  protests  photos  news 
july 2018
Giant statue of sexy Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park unveiled to mark film’s 25th anniversary | Pink News
Your sculptors were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
art  film  movies  incrediblyobscurereference  silly 
july 2018
How the BBC Lost the Plot on Brexit | The New York Review of Books
"What is the point of the BBC if it cannot tackle issues of national importance? What is the point of a news organization that is frightened of journalism?"
journalism  BBC  Brexit  britishness  politics  bloodytories 
july 2018
Who Is Reality Winner? | NYMag
"The World’s Biggest Terrorist Has a Pikachu Bedspread"
politics  surveillance  sousveillance  usa  terrorism  putinonthereich  drumpf 
july 2018
A denunciation of Donald Trump | The Scotsman
Tough talk for the Hootsmon. Nothing here we don't already know, but perhaps it's nice to have it all set out plainly in the MSM.
journalism  news  drumpf  fuckwits  politics  usa 
july 2018
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